How To Get a Vermont Marriage License

If you are planning to tie the knot in Vermont, you may be wondering how to get a Vermont marriage license. Well, you're in luck! Vermont makes it super easy! It's actually one of the easiest states to get married in. Not only is Vermont an easy place to say I do, but it's natural beauty abounds. For those looking to get married in a gorgeous setting with rolling hills, mountain vistas and fields of wildflowers, Vermont is the perfect destination.

To obtain a marriage license in Vermont you'll need to follow these steps. We are sharing the steps for obtaining a marriage license for both in state Vermonters and those traveling from out of state.

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Getting a Vermont Marriage License As a Vermont Resident

Eligibility

Make sure you and your partner meet the eligibility requirements. In Vermont, both parties must be at least 18 years old. If you're younger, you may still be able to marry with parental consent.

Visit the Town Clerk's Office

Go to the town clerk's office in the Vermont town or city that you or your partner reside in. If just one partner lives in a Vermont town go to the clerk's office in that town. Both you and your partner must appear together in person to apply for the license.

Required Documents

In order to apply for your marriage license you will need to bring the necessary documents with you. These typically include:

  • Proof of identity (e.g., driver's license, passport)
  • Social Security numbers
  • Certified copy of divorce decree (if applicable)
  • Certified copy of death certificate (if widowed)
  • Parental consent if under 18 years old

Application Form

Fill out the marriage license application form provided by the town clerk. You'll need to provide personal information such as your names, addresses, and dates and locations of birth for each of you as well as your parents.

Waiting Period

Good news, in Vermont, there's no waiting period! Once you've submitted the application and paid the fee, you'll receive your marriage license immediately.

Fee

In Vermont is costs $80 to obtain a marriage license. Prepare yourself with the correct payment type. Some towns may accept credit cards, while others may only accept cash or check. We suggest calling into the office before arriving so you have the necessary form of payment ready to go.

Validity

Your marriage license will be valid for 60 days from the date of issue. If you don't marry within this timeframe, you'll need to apply for a new license.

Ceremony

Have your marriage ceremony officiated by someone authorized to perform marriages in Vermont, such as a justice of the peace, judge, or ordained minister. You and your partner will both need to sign the marriage license in black ink before handing it over to your officiant before the ceremony.

Marriage Certificate

After the ceremony, your officiant will complete the marriage license and return it to the town clerk's office within 10 days for recording. You can then request certified copies of your marriage certificate for legal purposes. We recommend getting several copies of your marriage license. Each copy of your marriage license will cost $10. If you plan to change your name you will need to mail one copy in and use as proof of this change.

How to Get a Vermont Marriage License From Out of State

Non-resident couples can follow the same steps listed above. The only difference is that as a non-resident you can go to ANY town in Vermont to get your marriage license. You don't have to get your marriage license in the same town that you marry in. Also remember, you must be married within 60 days of the marriage license being issued.

Check out the Vermont Department of Health's Getting Married in Vermont guidelines for more information.

It's essential to verify specific requirements with the town clerk's office where you plan to apply for your marriage license, as procedures and fees may vary slightly from one location to another. Give them a call in advance to make sure you have the necessary documents, payment and other logistics in place to make your big day go as smoothly as possible.

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